School Parking Regulations
Playgrounds Reopening!
Vaccine News
Snow is Melting - Help Prevent Flooding
Pulaski Day Closings
Dear Neighbors,

We joyfully share the Chicago Park District's announcement that the lakefront, playgrounds, and indoor aquatics will be reopening over the new few weeks. According to the Park District, access points to the lakefront are being reopened, parking lots will be open (and parking charges will be enforced), and playgrounds will be reopened after installation of proper signage over the next few weeks. We have been informed that Goudy Park in the Gold Coast has re-opened.

According to the Park District, "Families and caregivers are urged to practice safety guidance, including wearing a mask, social distancing and cleaning hands frequently. These high traffic areas are not sanitized but can be enjoyed safely by following the guidance on the signage installed at each location."

Aquatics programming will begin with the spring session. Information for spring programs will be posted on the Chicago Park District website starting March 1. Registration begins Monday, March 8th. Programs run April 5th through June 13th. Spaces for each program will be limited to observe social distancing. The District will follow swimming pool guidance from the State of Illinois.

Elementary Schools Reopen

Elementary schools reopen for hybrid learning on March 1. This means that all regular regulations that govern school days begin again.

If you are parking in a school zone, please remove your car as soon as possible, even in advance of March 1, so that snow plows can get in and remove remaining snow in order to make pick up and drop off easier.

You will likely get a ticket on March 1, if you don't remove your car, so please help make the transition to school easier by moving your car. Thank you.
COVID and COVID Vaccine News

Thanks to all of you who attended our Vaccine Town Hall last week. At the Town Hall, the City reassured us that vaccine supply would increase and become more readily available in the next few weeks.

In fact, Pfizer and Moderna told Congress Tuesday that, "by the end of March, Pfizer and Moderna expect to have provided the U.S. government with a total of 220 million vaccine doses" and " insist they will be able to provide enough for most Americans to get inoculated by summer," according to the Associated Press.

Vaccine Availability

While we wait for vaccines to arrive, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) expects that it will take at least through February and March for those in Phase 1b to get their first dose of vaccine.

Here are resources for vaccines:

Your Healthcare Provider

  • Your first contact should be your primary care provider, health clinic, or hospital where you have gotten medical care in the past.
  • Health care providers can still sign-up to be vaccine providers.

  • Zocdoc's new COVID-19 website is designed to help residents book appointments to receive the vaccine at City POD sites and community healthcare organizations. Residents will need to first confirm their eligibility and complete a brief pre-screening questionnaire.
  • While all available appointments are currently booked, after completing the pre-screening questionnaire, you can sign up to receive email notifications letting you know when appointments become available.
  • Click here to visit the Zocdoc COVID-19 website.

Your Pharmacy
The City has provided vaccines to pharmacies across Chicago. These pharmacies each have their own registration link, which can be found below. 

The number of new cases of COVID in Chicago have been declining, and if this trend continues for the next two weeks, many more parts of our lives, including indoor dining, will reopen and be expanded. The positivity rate for tests administered last week for the city was 2.5%, the lowest since the pandemic began. However, the pandemic still rages, and our ward's positivity rates are not yet at their lowest. To see the latest numbers, click here.

PLEASE continue to wear masks, and observe social distancing.
Please Dig Out Your
Garbage Carts - And Also Help Prevent Flooding

Trash pickup is still a few days behind due to the tremendous amount of snow.

At the same time, snow is beginning to melt. Here's what to do:

  • Help make trash pick ups possible by removing the snow from around your garbage carts. Businesses, please remove snow from around your dumpsters, as is required by private hauling contracts.
  • Clear areas around downspouts to allow melting snow and ice to flow.
  • If you have a street drain near your home, please remove debris and snow from the area so melting snow and ice can drain.

Read more at Block Club Chicago.

Need help with alley snow removal? Remember, the Lincoln Park Community Shelter (LPCS) has a program in which their guests can earn money doing snow removal.

If you'd like to hire a guest to help you out, please call 773-549-6111 and ask for “help with snow removal” or email with "Snow Removal" in the subject line.

This is a wonderful way to help get your snow shoveled and help provide job training.
Thank you.
Multiple Carjacking Arrests

As a result of stepped-up policing to prevent carjackings and arrest offenders, police arrested 5 more offenders for 7 offenses.

Allen Brown, 18, 3500 block of S. Park Lake Ave. Chicago.

Brown was taken into custody on February 17, 2021 at 9:19 p.m. in the 3500 block of S. Cottage Grove 2nd District (Wentworth). Brown was identified as the offender who choked and attempted to hijack the vehicle of a 35-year-old male ride-share driver at 9:10 p.m. that same evening and location. The offender attempted to flee the scene but was immediately placed into custody and charged accordingly.

Joseph Roman (AKA Justin Cortes), 25, 600 block of N. Kedzie Ave. Chicago.

Roman was arrested by DuPage County Swat, Villa Park PD and Chicago PD on February 20, 2021 at approximately 1:40 a.m. in the 200 block of W. Roosevelt Rd. Villa Park, IL. Roman was identified as the offender involved in a vehicular Hijacking of a 20-year-old male victim that occurred on the 3700 block of W. Chicago Ave. 11th (Harrison) District on February 19, 2021 at approximately 12:51 p.m.

Male juvenile, 13; male juvenile, 14

The offenders were arrested by the Area One Vehicular Hijacking Task Force on February 21, 2021. Both were identified as the offenders who, on January 7, 2021, approached a 42-year-old male who was pumping gas in the 1100 block of E. 47th St. in the 2nd (Wentworth) District. The offenders then displayed weapons and took the victim's vehicle by force

Male juvenile, 14

Police arrested this offender on February 23. and charged him after he was identified in four crimes:
  • Taking a vehicle by force from a 53-year-old female victim on January 16, 2021, in the 2900 block of W. Walton St.
  • Taking two vehicles by force on January 20, 2021, one from a 36-year-old female in the 2500 block of W. Chicago Ave. and another from a 64-year old male in the 2900 block of W. Walton St.
  • Taking an unattended running vehicle in the 1900 block of N. Rockwell on January 20, 2021.
Community News
Adolescent Mental Health Webinar
TODAY, Wednesday, February 24th 
7 p.m.

The Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP) at Johns Hopkins is offering a webinar titled “Mental Health Challenges for Adolescents in the Covid Era".
Psychiatrist Dr. Karen Swartz, Director of Clinical Programs at the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorder Center, will be discussing the mental health challenges adolescents face during this extraordinary period.

To register for this free webinar, please click here.
Future webinars will discuss depression, anxiety, and substance use in adolescents. For more information about ADAP, please visit their website here.
Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce Business Webinars

The Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce has two great business education webinars coming up:

TODAY, Wednesday, February 24, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Learn tips and best practices for approaching your landlord about renegotiating lease terms for your business, downsizing your space, and ensuring that your building’s health and sanitation practices are up to par.

Thursday, February 25, 10:00 a.m.

Join panelists from the Cook County Department of Public Health and law firm Laner Muchin for an Illinois Restaurant Association webinar providing info on the current vaccine rollout and eligibility, as well as what restaurant operators need to know for their workplaces.
Property Tax Exemptions 1:1 Office Hours
Monday, March 8th
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Please join Commissioner Bridget Gainer and my office to get your questions answered about property tax exemptions.

We are not taking reservations in advance, simply join the meeting on March 8th, and you will be placed into a virtual "breakout room" with a representative.
Black History Month
43rd Ward:
How to Be an Ally

Lucy Montgomery (1911-2001), was a preservationist and activist who lived in and began to restore Edgar Miller's Glasner Studio at 1734 N Wells Street from 1969-1985.

Montgomery, a social worker and activist during the Depression, became a center of 1960s social and political upheaval that passed through Edgar Miller’s artist colonies in the Old Town neighborhood during the mid-20th century. Please watch Art & Allies in the Struggle for Social Justice: The Handmade Homes & the Era of Lucy Montgomery, exploring her work to organize and support movement activists, artists, and political leaders.

Montgomery was a close friend of Margaret Taylor-Burroughs, founder of the DuSable Museum, and was honored for her work by Martin Luther King Jr., Jesse Jackson, Fred Hampton, Fannie Lou Hammer, Bobby Rush, Studs Terkel, Quentin Young, and Harold Washington. Montgomery used her wealth to create change in Chicago, including founding a precursor of Head Start, helping to capitalize Seaway Bank, America's largest Black-owned bank, and many other endeavors.

You can see the inspiring presentation here.
Business Spotlight
844 W. Armitage

Don Pez, the chef, has mastered the art of fishing, hunting, and gathering.

With these skills, and his fabulous tacos, he is satisfying fish-lovers’ appetites in Lincoln Park and beyond. The menu features a variety of fish tacos, so be sure to try them all!
2429 N. Lincoln

Galit is owned and operated by Andrés Clavero and James Beard Award-winning chef Zachary Engel.

Their menu focuses on Middle East and Israel’s immigrant cuisine, as well as unique beverages. And you can pick up some of their swag after your meal!
This year has been incredibly challenging for our businesses, especially those that have just opened, so we will be dedicating a portion of the newsletter to support them. If you know a business that has opened in the last twelve months, please send it to us so we can feature it in our new business spotlight!
Order From Our Local Restaurants
Support Local Businesses
Pulaski Day Closings

All City of Chicago offices and our ward office will be closed Monday, March 1 in observance of Casimir Pulaski Day,

To file a Service Request during this time, please call 3-1-1 or visit

The 43rd Ward Virtual Service Office will reopen on Tuesday, March 2 at 9:00 a.m.

43rd Ward Virtual Office Hours: M - F 9 AM - 5 PM 
 2523 N Halsted | 773-348-9500